Anita Rao

Anita Rao is a producer for The State of Things, WUNC's daily, live talk show that features the issues, personalities and places of North Carolina. She fell in love with interviewing and storytelling as a Women's Studies and International Studies major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began her radio career at WUNC as an intern for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. From 2011 - 2014, she worked for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps Production department, where she pitched, edited and produced conversations from across the nation--from Chicago, IL to Pineville, North Carolina.  

Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest. She loves excessively-long dinner parties and hopes to one day live up to her mom's nickname, "Sheila, The Chocolate Eater."

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12:17 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Life, Culture And Economic Impact Of Latino Immigrants In North Carolina

There are thousands of Latina immigrants in North Carolina who work as housecleaners. A new project from Duke University documents the life stories of fifteen Latina women from Durham.
The Housecleaner Project

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 11:23 am

In the last two decades, international migration to North Carolina has increased dramatically and more than half of the state’s foreign-born population is Latino. 

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12:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

"Approaching Ali" Blends Boxing And Opera

Davis Miller and Muhammad Ali in 1992.
Davis Miller

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 3:43 pm

The North Carolina Opera is bringing boxing to the opera stage with a new show, Approaching Ali

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12:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Criminal: Turning The Crime Narrative On Its Head

Criminal is a podcast about "people who have done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle."
Artwork by Julienne Alexander

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 2:49 pm

The North Carolina podcast Criminal is on a mission to tell the stories of “people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” 

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12:20 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

From Siam To The South, A New Take on Conjoined Twins Chang And Eng Bunker

A new book explores the racial and cultural dynamics of the life and work of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 4:01 pm

  

Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker toured the world in the mid 1800s, putting their bodies on exhibit for a wide array of audiences.

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12:20 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Heralded Young Cellist Performs With Chamber Orchestra Of The Triangle

Cellist Cicely Parnas
Michael Polito

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 2:16 pm

Twenty-one-year-old Cicely Parnas is a fast-rising classical music star. 

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12:30 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

A Man In Five Dimensions Of The Same Universe

J. Alphonse Nicholson as 'Abel Green' in Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green.
Nick Graetz

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 2:24 pm

  

A new one-man show by playwright Howard Craft tells the story of a man who exists in five incarnations at different points in American history. 

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12:23 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The North Carolina General Assembly Convenes For 2015

The North Carolina legislative office building.

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 4:11 pm

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh today to begin preparation for their first legislative session of the year. 

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11:57 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Little-Known, But Remarkable Women

Daisy and Violet Hilton are conjoined twins from North Carolina.
Creative Commons/ Wellcome Library, London

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 2:59 pm

Writer Megan Mahew Bergman describes her newest collection of short stories as “10 years of my reading life.” Almost Famous Women (Scribner/2015) is historical fiction that explores the lives of powerful and unusual women who have remained in the margins of history. The stories range from an account of conjoined twins who were sold into show business in North Carolina, to the life and legacy of Africa’s first female horse trainer. Host Frank Stasio talks to Megan Mahew Bergman about women who took risks, broke rules, and disrupted cultural and gender norms in the early to mid 20th century.

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11:24 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The Will McBride Group

The Will McBride Group: Will McBride, Brad Miles, Jeff Hatley and Michael Pelz-Sherman
Will McBride

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 3:02 pm

The jazz-influenced pop ensemble, The Will McBride Group, led by guitarist Will McBride, recently released their fourth album, All In. It tells the story of the life and relationships of a musician through songs with both jazzy swing and rock rhythm. Host Frank Stasio talks to the group about their new record and they perform live in studio. The group is Will McBride on guitar and vocals; Jeff Hatley on bass and vocals; Brad Miles on drums, and Michael Pelz-Sherman on keyboards.

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11:31 am
Thu January 8, 2015

A One-Man Attempt to “Wrestle Jerusalem”

Aaron Davidman is the writer and performer of the one-man show "Wrestling Jerusalem" that explores the competing narratives at the center of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:01 pm

Aaron Davidman grew up on the West Coast in a progressive Jewish family, with a specific understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 

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